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Suitable for: Families of primary-age children
Are you worried that your child isn't coping with the ups and downs of daily life? Emotions have a powerful effect on how children behave. Inside our brains there is a small area called the amygdala (pronounced: “ah-mig-da-la”). This acts like an alarm system.
When we feel threatened, the amygdala activates the nervous system. Adrenalin and noradrenalin are released into the bloodstream, and our bodies go into fight-or-flight mode.
- Stay and face the threat
- Run away to safety
- Freeze and become unresponsive
When some children feel overwhelmed by strong emotions, they can respond physically by being angry and shouting or having meltdowns. Others act out by pushing boundaries or engaging in risky behaviour. Some children appear to shut down, becoming withdrawn or depressed.